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ENVR 448 : Directed Studies in Environmental Studies

Sustainability science : an immersive research training experience in socio-ecological systems (PURE-funded)

Finding News Articles

You can search for your topic using Summon. Remember to limit your search under Content Type to Newspaper Article and/or Magazine Article.

You can also search directly in a specialized news database.

Google Search Tips

Google can be useful for searching the websites of government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community groups and companies to find press releases, reports, etc.

Here are a few commands to focus your search. You can also use the Google Advanced search if you can't remember the commands.

  • Keyword search in the webpage title only: allintitle:community forestry
  • Phrase search using quotation marks: "community forestry"
  • Restrict search to a specific website or domain (e.g. fires in the Amazon): [or,,,]
  • File Format search (e.g. pdf documents only): filetype:pdf

Evaluating Literature

UBC Guide to Evaluating Sources

Questions to consider when evaluating a source: 

  • Is the author qualified to talk about the topic?
  • Can the information be verified?
  • Does the information line up with what you already know about the topic?
  • When was it written?
  • Why was it created?